Accepted paper:

Social class, cosmology and religious-healing practices

Authors:

Ioannis Kyriakakis (Independent researcher)

Paper short abstract:

In this paper I am presenting four different stories of sickness and religious healing extracted from my doctoral ethnographic research in southwestern Ghana, and I examine their social-class relatedness and cosmological implications.

Paper long abstract:

In this paper I am presenting four different stories of sickness and religious healing extracted from my doctoral ethnographic research in southwestern Ghana, and I examine their social-class relatedness and cosmological implications. Three of the individuals who narrate the stories are all Roman-Catholics but they follow three different healing-traditions and their respective religious agents. I am examining the role that their social-class condition plays in their final choice with regard to their healing treatment. The fourth individual involved in the stories is me. By narrating my own sickness and healing experience, I wish to investigate the possibility that social class condition exerts stronger influence upon cosmology in inter-cultural encounters than the vice versa. It goes without saying that one needs to try a sort of theoretical revision of the terms "class" and "cosmology" in order to carry out such an investigation.

panel P62
Religious life and medical traditions